Leslie Beyer is CEO of the Energy Workforce & Technology Council in Houston, Texas. In this role, Leslie the leads strategic development of Energy Workforce’s advocacy, government affairs and workforce programs in support of the oilfield services and equipment sector. Working with Energy Workforce’s Board of Directors, she serves as primary advocate for key OFS sector priorities, including technological innovation, environmental progress and skilled workforce. She is the host of Energy Workforce’s Energy in Transition podcast.
Highlights of Beyer’s career include 15 years in Washington, D.C. serving in the U.S. Senate, multiple presidential campaigns, The White House – Executive Office of the President, U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Beyer also has extensive experience in public affairs, in leadership roles at Burson-Marsteller Public Affairs and a boutique public relations firm for more than six years. Most recently, Beyer served as Director, Member and Board Relations with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), collaborating with NAM member companies on targeted priority legislative issues and advocacy efforts, primarily in the energy industry.
Beyer holds a BA in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an Independent Director on the Board of Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. in Midland, TX, currently as Nominating Committee Chair. She also serves on the Boards of the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston and IPAA/PESA Education Advisory Board. She is a former Independent Director at Pemex Procurement International (PPI) and served on the U.S. International Trade Administration’s U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council.
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Steve is a PhD physicist who co-founded Kairos Aerospace in 2014. Prior to founding Kairos, Steve was a research manager at the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory. He has worked on a variety of NASA- and DARPA-funded programs, including cryogenic detector programs, solar physics experiments and radiation modeling for spacecraft.
Greg Englert, CIA, has more than 17 years of professional services experience providing business risk insights and advisory services, including 15 years at a Big Four firm, where he served as a Risk Advisory Managing Director. His leadership in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) advisory services includes providing insight into ESG reporting and disclosure, ESG frameworks and data analysis. He has deep experience helping global and publicly held companies, as well as pre-IPO and newly public companies, with optimizing their risk and compliance functions and solving internal control environment challenges. He has led a range of internal audit, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) 404 compliance, controls transformation, enterprise risk management and process improvement projects.
A Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Greg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems with a concentration in internal audit from Louisiana State University.
Mr. Fox has served for 38 years in the energy industry, throughout the entire business lifecycle from startups to large scale domestic and international ventures. He has successfully led businesses in the upstream, midstream, LNG and power generation sectors. Mr. Fox joined Tailwater Capital in 2021 as CEO of Tailwater Innovation Partners and Head of ESG for Tailwater Capital.
Previously, Mr. Fox was the CEO at Elevate Midstream Partners I and II, both now realized investments for Tailwater Capital. Prior to joining Tailwater, Mr. Fox was COO/SVP for Upstream and Midstream businesses for Eagle Rock Energy Partners, President of TGGT, President of Karachaganak Petroleum in Kazakhstan, CEO of Egyptian LNG and various other senior executive roles at BG Group (now Shell). The latter included his role as Head of Project Engineering Management where he oversaw BG’s global upstream and midstream project portfolio, capital investment appraisal process, corporate governance and technical best practices. Mr. Fox holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Project Management, is a Professional Engineer and a member of a number of professional institutions.
Morgan Hager is an expert in creating, optimizing, managing, and implementing impactful environmental, social, and governance strategies for the downstream, midstream, and upstream segments of the oil and gas industry’s value chain. With more than 15 years of experience in international exploration, development and refining of hydrocarbons around the world, Morgan has deep experience building governance programs and improving operational efficacy to meet the requirements of complex, transnational regulatory frameworks. Her specialty is integrating both economical and ecological best practices for multi-layered oil assets throughout the United States and overseas. Throughout her career, Morgan has worked closely with landowners, regulators, shareholders and a wide range of national oil companies to accomplish practical methods of implementing health, safety, environmental and regulatory compliance rules.
Morgan currently serves as Vice President of Chesapeake Energy’s, Health, Safety, Environmental and Regulatory department, where she leads with an integrated approach to operation, governance, and risk management and acts as a liaison and spokesperson for environmental, social, and governance issues with regulators, shareholders, the industry, and the media. In her current role she draws upon a vast knowledge of process design, sustainability, integrity management, planning, engineering, and compliance.
Morgan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Central Arkansas and a Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from the University of Arkansas. She is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and American Petroleum Institute. Additionally, Morgan is an active board member for the Oklahoma Engineering Foundation and American Heart Association. She is widowed and has a vivacious 9-year-old step daughter. Morgan loves adventure and travel; most recently snorkeling between the Eurasia and the North American tectonic plates in Iceland.
Adam Hahn is a managing director and one of the founding partners of GreenFront Energy Partners. Prior to helping found GreenFront, he was a senior vice president at BB&T Capital Markets, leading the bank’s utility investment banking coverage. Hahn has experience leading debt and equity capital raises, as well as advising clients on buy and sell-side M&A transactions. Prior to joining BB&T, he worked in the CFO’s group at Dominion Energy, where he performed various financial analysis and capitalization functions.
Hahn holds an MBA from the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond, and a bachelor’s degree, with a concentration in finance, from James Madison University.
Lisa Hearn represents clients in mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; corporate finance matters, including capital markets and loan financing; and issues related to U.S. securities law. She has consistently worked on some of the most sophisticated, complex and high-profile corporate and finance matters in the firm. Through this work, she has deep experience in areas critical to the firm’s international corporate practice.
Lisa’s work has included representations in the energy and telecommunications sectors, including matters for clients in North America, the CIS, Africa and Asia.
CHRISTINA KITCHENS is the principal and managing partner of 3P Energy Capital. She leads the firm’s strategic focuses in energy alternative capital, business development, and its advisory services. Prior to 3P, Christina built and lead energy finance divisions with over twenty years of upstream and midstream finance experience. She has successfully closed $11Bn in direct transactions and $80Bn of debt facility originations. She additionally has built services and products in specialized lending, investment banking and ESG.
3P offers bespoke energy capital solutions, sell-side and strategic advisory, business development, product/services' and ESG advisory. Key clients and partners are E&P firms, midstream firms, family offices and private capital.
Dr. Michael Kraten specializes in the analysis of business opportunities and risks with complex factors and highly uncertain outcomes. He is professor of accounting at Houston Baptist University (HBU), where he designed and now teaches the graduate courses in entrepreneurial accounting/finance and sustainability accounting, and the advanced courses in financial accounting, management accounting and auditing. He is also the Chair of Accounting, Economics, and Finance programs at HBU. He began his career in the assurance and consulting practices of Deloitte. After serving as a consulting partner at BDO, then the sixth largest global accounting firm, I co-founded the boutique management consulting practice AQPQ. The acronym referred to the academic and practitioner qualifications of the firm. He practices in all industry sectors, and has developed functional specialties in valuation, enterprise risk management, business modeling, decision analysis, forensic analysis, educational "gaming" and strategic planning. His innovative approach in the evolving field of sustainability, as codified in my award-winning business case Save The Blue Frog, involves the integration of assessment and implementation practices into the business activities of an institution while balancing financial and economic outcomes with social and environmental considerations. He previously taught at Suffolk University in Boston, Maastricht University in the Netherlands, the University of Massachusetts, Sacred Heart University, and the University of Connecticut. He has also presented his work at Dartmouth College, Harvard Law School, Johns Hopkins University, Yale University and other institutions. He’s published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, the International Journal of Accounting, Research in Accounting Regulation, the CPA Journal, the Journal of Financial Planning, Accounting and the Public Interest and elsewhere. His book “Business Planning and Entrepreneurship: An Accounting Approach” is published by Business Expert Press. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the CPA Journal and the Advisory Board of the Center for Professional Accounting Practices at Fordham University. He earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Accounting from the University of Connecticut and a MPPM in Public and Private Management from Yale University. Previously, he earned a BBA in Public Accounting from Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant
Cynthia Mabry concentrates her practice on capital markets, securities, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. She represents public and private entities, investors and underwriters in capital markets and finance transactions, including offerings of equity and debt securities.
She also provides counsel on joint ventures, corporate governance and compliance matters. Cynthia has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including the energy, food and beverage, biotechnology and financial services industries. She is particularly experienced with clients engaged in the energy industry, including oil and gas exploration and production, midstream, oilfield services and other related sectors.
Prior to practicing law, she worked as a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Houston.
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Lees is currently the President – North America Land at Schlumberger, where she has spent her entire professional career. Prior to this role, she was the HR Director - Production at Schlumberger. Before that, Lees has held multiple senior leadership roles as Vice President - Personnel, Global Account Director and General Manager – Alaska. Throughout her twenty-five year career with the multinational oilfield service company she has relocated eight times, with assignments in Houston, Alaska, Scotland, Venezuela and Trinidad, including roles in Line Management, Sales, Human Resources, Finance, Sales and IT.
Lees grew up in Needville, a small town just southwest of Houston. She attended Rice University for undergraduate and graduate school, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Management in 1991 and an MBA in 1993. Lees is married and has two teenage kids.
Gani Sagingaliyev is co-founder and partner at ESG Dynamics. Gani leads the technology and intelligence divisions at the firm.
Prior to ESG Dynamics, Gani had served as President at Affirmed Resources, an independent exploration and production company that he founded in 2017 with an initial investment commitment from Quantum Energy Partners. The company strategy focused on operating and engaging in full field development in select unconventional basins across the U.S.
From 2012 to 2017, Gani served as VP of Engineering and COO at Manti Resources. He successfully pivoted the company from exploration to resource play development in the Eagle Ford and the Delaware Basin. From 2014 to 2017, he led the Delaware Basin project strategy development and execution, shaping the new venture and consolidating the company in Houston. During the initial growth phase, Gani directed the business development and growth efforts, streamlined internal decision-making processes and stakeholder engagement. Manti Tarka Permian secured over 12,000 net core acres in the Delaware Basin, including a successful farm-out with Devon Energy. Post a successful development program, the company closed the sale of its Reeves County assets to Noble Energy in early 2017.
Prior to joining Manti, Gani worked at Chevron in various engineering and advisory roles. His scope of responsibilities included asset development, field management and optimization, marine and aviation logistics, A&D and business planning.
Gani graduated with honors from Texas A&M University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering and completed the Duke Fuqua School of Business Advanced Management Program in 2015.
Dr. Anna Scott is an atmospheric scientist, an entrepreneur, and the Chief Science Officer of Project Canary.
She received her Ph.D. in the Earth and Planetary Science Department at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from University of Chicago, a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and a master's of arts and sciences in earth science from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Scott has installed sensor networks and led field campaigns in Birmingham, Ala., Nairobi (Kenya), and Baltimore, Md. As a scientist, she’s worked on projects around the world with the Red Cross/Red Crescent’s International Climate Center, NASA, The World Bank and numerous local governments.